The Ballad of Psyche

from by No True Scotsman

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The Ballad of Psyche, also by Seth, is arguably the EP’s most classically influenced song--musically and literarily. The lyrics recall the tragedy of Cupid and Psyche, a tumultuous conflict between mortal and her godly lover. In this modern rendition, the narrator originally believed they took Cupid’s role, but then has the crushing realization that the “tides have shifted.” Now they more closely resemble Psyche in her never-ending chase. It is a love that cannot be, kept apart by the forces of nature and a journey through the afterlife. For the narrator, this chase manifests in the inevitability of sleep—unable to stay awake until dawn without the help of their lost lover.

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I can watch the sunrise by my own damn self
I'm falling asleep but you're not there to help
Now I'm seeing colors that we rarely see
While you enjoy his arms and his company

I suffer through sore eyes and these aching limbs
My body says it’s too late, it’s not used to this
I’m just as detached as you claim to be
It’s not the same sunrise without your company

Your room was the palace of Eros, in many ways.
I fell for you though I couldn't see your face
But my doubts they always consume me whole
Now the tides'll shift, now I’m Psyche and you’re Eros

I can count Apollo’s horses on one hand
As they soar through horizons over far off lands
I can trust that from his lips I’ll hear no lies
Because unlike you I know that I can trust the sky

I swear your bed was Delphi cause I breathed in fumes
And I saw things that don’t exist, I wish were true
I begged the goddess Carpo, would this summer bring
A ripened fruit of newfound possibilities?

Your bed was the palace of Eros, in many ways.
I fell for you though I couldn't see your face
But my doubts they always consume me whole
Now the tides'll shift, now I’m Psyche and you’re Eros

My sleep alone’s like a curse from Aphrodite
But could this box contains seeds from Persephone?
And from this seed maybe a love can grow
But I refuse to sleep so I guess I will never know

You flew so fast I sometimes doubt if you exist
One night you were mine and now you are his
I guess my inhibitions got the best of me
The box is gone, I lost my chance for you to wake me.

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from No True Scotsman EP, released December 2, 2016

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No True Scotsman New Orleans, Louisiana

No True Scotsman is an orchestral indie-folk band based out of New Orleans--the land of Americana, Blues, and Jazz. Every aspect of this group's presence, from the composition all the way to aesthetic is inspired by their classical and jazz training.

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